Weirdly entertaining in spite of itself, "Escape Plan" is either the smartest dumb movie or the dumbest smart movie ever made.
Sylvester Stallone plays Ray Breslin, a security expert whose job is escaping from prisons to point out their weaknesses. The CIA offers Breslin a job, to bust out of a super-secret facility for undocumented terrorists and other riffraff.
Once inside, Breslin learns he's been double-crossed and must deal with a nasty warden (Jim Caviezel), a vindictive guard (Vinnie Jones) and a high-tech security arrangement. In Breslin's corner is a cagey old inmate, Rottmayer, played by Stallone's old action rival, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Director Mikael HÃ¥fstrÃ¶m ("The Rite," "1408") arranges much of the "action" around watching Stallone thinking, before remembering that's not what an audience wants in a Stallone/Schwarzenegger matchup.
The macho old war horses play off each other well, all grimaces and tough-guy dialogue, before getting to the business of a convoluted and ridiculously violent finale.
Opens Friday, Oct. 18, at theaters everywhere; rated R for violence and language throughout; 116 minutes.